Gov. Espino highlights impact of DILG projects during SOPA

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Governor Amado I. Espino, III highlighted the impact of locally- funded projects of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) during his first State of the Province Address (SOPA) last May 11, 2017.

Speaking before local officials and stakeholders in the province, Gov. Espino said that through DILG’s P56 Million Special Local Road Fund (SLRF), the provincial government was able to rehabilitate and improve 64.5 km of provincial roads.

“Sa loob ng siyam na buwan, mula noong July 2016 hanggang March 2017, gumastos tayo ng P71.8 Million at natapos natin ang rehabilitasyon at improvement ng 64.5 km ng provincial roads. Ang malaking bahagi ng P71.8 Million na yan ay ang P56 Million Motor Vehicles Users Charge Incentive Fund (otherwise known as SLRF) na binigay ng DILG sa Pangasinan”, the Governor said.

The provincial road networks rehabilitated using the P56 Million SLRF are the Mangaterem- Urbiztondo Road, Maniboc- Pangapisan- Sabangan Road, Malasiqui- Catablan Road, Tarlac Boundary- Bayambang Diversion Road and the Asingan- San Manuel- Agno Gorge Road.

He also said that, at present, the provincial government is completing the 11.4 km Burgos- Iliw- Iliw Road and 4.5 km Urbiztondo- San Carlos Road through the P125 Million DILG- KALSADA Fund released to the province last year.

The province is awaiting the release of the P167 Million Conditional Matching Grant Fund for the rehabilitation of the 5.5 km Malasiqui-Catablan Road, 1.7 km Urbiztondo-Basista Road and the 2.7 km Mapandan- Banaoang Road.

Aside from the SLRF, the Governor also mentioned the impact of the P4 Million Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) received by the Province for being a 2016 Seal of Good Local Governance passer.

“Gamit ang P4 Million cash incentive mula sa DILG Performance Challenge Fund at 3.4 milyong pondo ng provincial government, itatayo natin ang Hall of Fame Building / Abong na Dayew sa tabi ng Urduja House, na palalagyan ng mga awards at recognitions na natanggap at matatanggap pa natin sa paglipas ng panahon”, Gov. Espino said.

DILG Pangasinan Provincial Director Agnes A. De Leon expressed joy over the provincial government’s recognition of DILG’s contribution to local development.

“Tayo po ay nagagalak marinig mula sa butihing Gobernador ang pagkilala sa ambag ng ating ahensiya sa kanilang mithiing makamit ang local development. We are very much encouraged to zealously continue the provision of technical assistance to the LGUs. Patuloy po tayong magpupursige sa ating tungkulin dahil alam nating ito ay may mga bunga”, PD De Leon said.

DILG Regional Director James F. Fadrilan, who was also present during the SOPA, was glad about the Governor’s remarks.

“Nakakataba ng puso masingle-out ang ating Departamento na nakatulong sa probinsiya. DILG was mentioned at least three times”, he said.
-LGOO V Sheila Marie G. Andales

3-storey BUB funded evacuation center benefits 617 households in Dagupan
 
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A newly- inaugurated three- story evacuation center funded under the Bottom- Up Budgeting of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is expected to benefit 617 households of Barangay Salapingao, Dagupan City.

The spacious evacuation center can accommodate over 1,000 evacuees with basic amenities such as potable water; electricity; comfort rooms for females, males and persons with disabilities (PWDs); communal kitchen; dining and laundry area. Other equally important components include a Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) Office, clinic infirmary, breastfeeding area, stock room and a roof deck.

The facility, which has a land area of 1,236 square meters, has a total project cost of Php 15,100,400 (Php 10,786,000 from the DILG- BUB and Php 4,314,400 counterpart from the City Government).

City Mayor Belen T. Fernandez thanked the DILG for the BUB- funded facility.

“Malaki ang pasasalamat ko sa DILG. Dahil sa kanila, tayo po ay binigyan ng pondo mula sa Bottom- Up Budgeting at ito ang ating pinatayo”, she said while addressing barangay residents during the inauguration.

The City Mayor said that the construction of the evacuation center plays a significant role in their efforts to save lives during the occurrence of any disaster.

“Ang significance ng [evacuation] center po na ito, unang-una po ay para sa ating buhay- masave natin ang buhay. Yan ang number one po. Kasi ang pamilya po natin ang lakas natin. Kahit saan po tayo pumunta, ang iniisip natin ay ang ating pamilya”, she said.

Dagupan is a coastal city of Pangasinan perched on a wetland and within the typhoon belt. Its inherent geological and geophysical characteristics made the city very susceptible to various natural hazards. Barangay Salapingao is one of its five island barangays vulnerable to typhoons, storm surge, destructive flooding and earthquakes.

The barangay, which is barely a kilometer away from the Lingayen Gulf and 2.5 km away from the city proper, can only be reached by motorized banca. Its location poses a challenge for city and barangay officials to ensure the safety of barangay residents during disasters.

Prior to the construction of the evacuation center, residents only have school classrooms and few sturdy structures to take refuge in during typhoons and flooding.

With the completion of the facility, they are now assured of a safe shelter located in an elevated area and structurally- designed to withstand strong typhoons and even earthquakes.

The evacuation center is expected to have indirect benefits to residents of two other adjacent island barangays - Lomboy and Pugaro. The land on which the facility stands was donated by Mr. Romulo O. Reyes and his family.

The multi- level facility adheres to the national standards for evacuation centers per DILG Memorandum Circular No. 2015-45, “Guidelines for the Implementation of Provision of Potable Water Supply, Local Access Road and other Local Infrastructure Projects under the Bottom-Up Budgeting”.
-LGOO V Sheila Marie G. Andales

 

DILG R1 to forge MOA with PSU for 2017 CSIS in Laoac, San Nicolas

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Following the briefing for target- municipalities last May 3-5, 2017, the Department of the Interior and Local Government Region 1 (DILG R1) is set to forge partnership with the Pangasinan State University (PSU) this May for the 2017 implementation of the Citizen Satisfaction Index System (CSIS) in the municipalities of Laoac and San Nicolas, Pangasinan.

The DILG R1 previously partnered with the same local resource institute (LRI) for the implementation of the same program in the four (4) cities of Pangasinan last 2015.

After the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement, the Bureau of Local Government Supervision (BLGS) is set to train members of the two teams of PSU this May for the data gathering, analysis and report writing components of the CSIS.

Aside from its experience in quantitative research projects, the PSU was chosen for its ability to mobilize research teams whose members possessed the qualifications set by the Department, proximity to the LGU and willingness to comply with project deadlines.

The CSIS is a set of data tools designed to collect and generate relevant citizens’ feedback on local governments’ service delivery performance and on the citizens’ general satisfaction. It assesses the service delivery performance of local governments based on the knowledge, experience, and perception of the people.

The DILG is in its fifth year of CSIS implementation.

DILG Pangasinan preps up for 2017 SGLG
 
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In preparation for the data gathering, validation and certification phase of the 2017 implementation of the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG), the Department of the Interior and Local Government Pangasinan (DILG Pangasinan) will conduct a Provincial Orientation tomorrow (May 9) at the Dagupan Village Hotel, Dagupan City.

The activity will be attended by City / Municipal Local Government Operations Officers (C/MLGOOs) and shall be facilitated by Provincial Focal Persons and members of the Regional Assessment Teams (RATs) assigned in Pangasinan.

The orientation aims to orient C/MLGOOs on the different assessment areas and criteria of the Seal. The different assessment forms will also be presented as well as instructions on how to properly fill- up said forms.

The Province of Pangasinan produced the most number of SGLG passers in Region 1 last year with 18 LGU- awardees including the Provincial Government.

The four cities, 44 municipalities and the Provincial Government of Pangasinan will be assessed this year using the scaled- up overall assessment criteria of “4+1”.

From being one of the essential areas last year, peace and order was added this year to the core areas comprising of Financial Administration, Disaster Preparedness and Social Protection; while Tourism, Culture and the Arts, Business Friendliness and Environmental Management are this year’s essential areas.

An LGU has to pass four core areas and one essential area to qualify for the Seal. Incentives in the form of SGLG marker and Performance Challenge Fund await 2017 awardees of the Seal. A special distinction shall also be given to LGUs which consistently passed all assessment areas for the three periods (2015, 2016 and 2017).

The data gathering, validation and certification phases of the 2017 SGLG will run from May 15- June 16, 2017. The conferment of the Seal will be on October in line with the Local Government Code Anniversary Celebration.

-LGOO V Sheila Marie G. Andales

 

186 drug surrenderers complete Laoac’s community-based rehabilitation program

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One hundred eighty- six (186) drug surrenderers completed the requirements of “Oplan Katuwang”, Laoac, Pangasinan’s community-based rehabilitation program. The graduation of the 186 drug surrenderers from the program was confirmed by Mayor Silverio D. Alarcio, Chair of Laoac’s Anti- Drug Abuse Council, and was witnessed by the Chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), Police Director General Ronald “Bato” M. Dela Rosa. "Maswerte kayo dito sa Laoac dahil yung mga ibang munisipyo ay di pa nakapagconduct ng localized drug rehabilitation program. Dahil dito (community-based rehabilitation program) ay graduate na yung mga Tokhang surrenderers,” said PNP Chief Dela Rosa.

The PNP Chief, during the simple graduation rites, asked the surrenderers who graduated from the program to raise their hands to be recognized."Look at them. They are very proud na magpakilala dahil talagang sila ay na-rehab na. At yung pagtaas ng kamay nila, that is a manifestation na di na sila babalik doon sa kanilang dating gawi. Thank you very much sa inyong sinseridad na magbago,” he said.

“Oplan Katuwang” is Laoac’s response to the number of drug users/pushers uncovered through the Oplan Tokhang. From the original 40 drug users/pushers, the PNP was able to uncover a total of 382 drug users/pushers who 

surrendered and expressed their willingness to go through the community-based rehabilitation program. “Oplan Katuwang” was envisioned to complement the PNP’s “Oplan Tokhang” by providing means for the surrenderers to be rehabilitated and reintegrated in the community. The 186 surrenderers who graduated from the program belong to the first batch of surrenderers who went through different workshops and sessions from August 2, 2016- February 24, 2017.

These workshops and sessions include Skills Trainings/Workshops facilitated by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Regular Rehabilitation Sessions, Community Service and the Laoac Siga Talaga Basketball Tournament. Mayor Alarcio said that Laoac came up with “Oplan Katuwang” because drug abuse is a community problem.
“This is now the problem of our community, no longer a law enforcement problem kasi lumabas na. Ang paghahanap ng problema ay trabaho ng pulis. Pero napalabas na nila yung problema. It is now our job. The leaders of the community, as well as the community, will now take-over. ‘Pag di natin masolbar ito, sarili na natin ang ating sisisihin. So we came up with ‘Oplan Katuwang," he said. Rehabilitation activities under “Oplan Katuwang” offer effective medical, psychological and spiritual interventions to help drug users break free from drug dependence and be fully reintegrated in the society with the needed skills for them to be productive members of the community.

Also present to witness the first batch of graduates of “Oplan Katuwang” were Governor Amado I. Espino, III; PDIR Roel Barcena Obusan, Chief of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG); PCSUPT Antonio A. Taylan, Jr., Director for Engineering Services; PCSUPT Charlo C. Collado, Acting Regional Director of Police Regional Office 1; PSSUPT Ronald Oliver Lee, Acting Police Provincial Director; and DILG Provincial Director Agnes A. De Leon.“Oplan Katuwang” is the first LGU-initiated community-based rehabilitation program in Pangasinan. (LGOO V Sheila Marie G. Andales)

SILG Sueno: We will not stop our war on drugs SILG

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We will not stop our war on drugs," said Secretary of the Interior and Local Government (SILG) Ismael D. Sueno during the Inauguration of Ramon J. Guico Sr. Sports and Civic Center at Binalonan, Pangasinan last February 13, 2017.

The SILG added that the government is shifting its focus from having the Philippine National Police (PNP) as the lead agency in curbing the drug problem in the country to utilizing the Local Peace and Order Councils (LPOCs). He said that the move is a response to the cases of policemen who have been abusive in the implementation of the Oplan Tokhang. It will be a non-violent approach in confronting the issues of illegal drugs. He said that though police officers are still members of the LPOCs of the barangays, cities, municipalities and provinces, arrests will not be made by the council. The POC of barangays, with the help of the Mamamayang Ayaw sa Anomalya, Mamamayang Ayaw sa Iligal na Droga (MASA MASID) team, will go around the barangays to look for homes where there are no drug addicts and post a “drug- free home” sticker. Households with the sticker are to convince households without the sticker to qualify until such time that the whole barangay is declared “drug-free”.

SILG Sueno also mentioned the efforts being done by the top management of the PNP to cleanse the organization of police officers involved in extra judicial killings.
“General Bato is working very hard to cleanse the police organization. We expect many more arrests, suspensions and dismissal of police officers,” he said. The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is currently drafting the guidelines for the utilization of LPOCs in the fight against drugs. Per DILG Memorandum Circular No. 2015-130, POCs at the provincial, city, and municipal levels provide a forum for dialogue and deliberation of major issues and problems affecting peace and order. The barangay POCs, on the other hand, serve as information-gathering mechanism, monitor and coordinate the implementation of peace and order programs at the barangay level and coordinate the operation of all community-based anti-crime groups in the barangay. (LGOO V Sheila Marie G. Andales)

 

Pangasinan conducts 5th Provincial Health Summit

The Provincial Government of Pangasinan conducted the Provincial Health and LGU Scorecard Awarding Ceremony on November 6, 2015 at the Sison Auditorium, Lingayen, Pangasinan highlighting the various accomplishments on health programs and projects of the province. Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr., in his message, stressed the basic role of local government officials in the advancement of health programs in their locality. 

He further added that political motives should be put aside to be able to focus more on the health needs of their constituents particularly the needy and the sick. He said that the provincial government has done its part of prioritizing the health of the Pangasinenses as can be gleaned from the amount of budget being allocated for health programs alone which is equivalent to 25% of the total annual budget. 

Dr. Anna Maria Teresa de Guzman, Provincial Health Officer said that out of the P 712, 249, 248 total budget for health, P544,306,705 goes to hospital services while P 167, 942, 543 is earmarked for public health. She also added that under Governor Espino’s stewardship, a special project thru the Point-of-Care (POC) Program has been fully implemented benefitting 25,679 poor families since March 2014 up to June 2015.

The POC further strengthens the “No Balance Billing Policy” and “No Payout from the Pocket” in government hospitals. She also announced that thru the oral polio and measles immunization of the provincial government, there has been no recorded cases of polio to this date and further added that for the 3rd year now, the province has no recorded malaria cases, close enough to be considered as one of the malaria-free provinces in the entire country comes January 2016. During the occasion, DILG Pangasinan thru its Provincial Director Reggie R. Colisao pledged its support to the well-lauded health programs of the provincial government and reiterated its collaboration with the LGU Scorecard on Health which is a joint project of the DOH and the DILG.

Another highlight of the affair was the awarding of the Province by the Department of Health (DOH) thru Regional Director Myrna C. Cabotaje for its outstanding performance in Health Care with a prize of PhP 2.250 Million. Other citations were also given to LGU best performers on health programs and projects.

DILG Pangasinan goes On-air

Lingayen, Pangasinan – Recognizing the broadcast media as a potent tool in strengthening its relationship with its clientele through the dissemination of vital information particularly on advocacies and public service programs, DILG Pangasinan and DZRD 981 Radio Dagupan started airing their radio program segment entitled “Serbisyo Ko, Serbisyo Mo Ngayon!” on May 22, 2015. 

The segment airs every 4th Monday of the month within the daily Kapartner ng Bayan program from 10:0AM to 11:00AM. It broadcasts public service information and advocacy programs to its listeners in the province of Pangasinan and nearby provinces within Region 1. 

Acting Provincial Director Reggie R. Colisao and other Provincial Office technical staff have so far discussed and clarified information on the Department’s programs – such as the Ugnayan ng Barangay at Simbahan (UBAS) and Wemboree – and recent undertakings as they co-hosted the segment. 

Serbisyo Ko, Serbisyo Mo Ngayon! is co-produced by DILG Pangasinan, the Sonshine Media Network International (SMNI) and other Kapartner ng Bayan Program partners namely, the Pangasinan Police Provincial Office, Department of Agriculture (DA) RO1, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Population Office RO1, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Dagupan City, Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) R01, Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) Pangasinan, Philippine National Red Cross Pangasinan, and the Department of labor and Employment (DOLE).

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